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After using 4 gallons of white paint to freshen up our walls, we decided we wanted a pop of color in the dining room.  We couldn’t decide between a minty green or a million shades of pink, so I concocted this (terribly photoshopped) comparison with the help of Benjamin Moore.  Unfortunately, it didn’t help us too much.

Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 10.11.53 PMI went out and bought samples of my favorite green and pink, painted some splotches on the wall, and then I took pictures of them in every lighting of the day… and it still didn’t help us decide.

Mint green or pink?????

Mint green or pink?????

The real issue is… it all feels so bland to me.  I love color, pattern, texture, and shine.  The antique oak table lends a great texture to the room, and the gold chandelier is a lot of shine.  However, there is not much color or pattern in the room.  The room is architecturally interesting, as it has a 5 inch inset flat wall (where the scary art is hung), and the other side is round.  I thought a bright paint color would highlight those characteristics, but I do want some pattern in the room.  Now, I’m starting to consider wallpapering just the flat inset part.  I considered doing the entire room, but that’s a lot of wallpaper ($$) and the curved wall would be a paint to wallpaper.  Here are some of my ideas.  Warning:  They’re ALL OVER THE PLACE design-wise.

Anthropologie: Elisir Diamonds Wallpaper $148

Anthropologie: Elisir Diamonds Wallpaper $148

*I first saw this print in Manhattan Nest’s office.  Paired with bright white walls (like my home) and fun furniture it is stunning.

Anthropologie: Peacock Toile Wallpaper $128

Anthropologie: Peacock Toile Wallpaper $128

This one felt like a modern twist on a traditional design.  I’ve seen peacock wallpaper in old homes, but the colors in this one are my favorite.  Gold! Teal! Mint! Pink! It goes so well with my current color scheme.

Anthropologie: Garden Chinoiserie Mural $228

Anthropologie: Garden Chinoiserie Mural $228

Maybe I have a peacock problem, but I clearly have an affinity for them on my wall.  This mural is a much more modern twist on the wallpaper above.  It could be a fun focal point for the entire home.

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Anthropologie: Clinking Glass Wallpaper $348

I’m not even sure what attracted me to this print.  It’s probably better suited to a bar, which is possibly what attracted me to it in the first place.  Unfortunately, I’d need to add color elsewhere in the room, but this print is fun.

Anthropologie: Cherry Blossom Wallpaper $78

Anthropologie: Cherry Blossom Wallpaper $78

Design-wise, I’m not necessarily attracted to this print.  It’s sweet and reminds me of a nursery.  However, I’m very emotionally attached to it.  My husband and I lived our first few years of marriage in Japan.  We lived right next to a famous bridge that had hundreds of Cherry Blossom (Sakura) trees surrounding it.  Our fondest memories are celebrating hanami, the time spent with friends and family under the blossoms.  Also, Washington D.C. has many beautiful Cherry Blossom trees that bring in tourists every year.  It’s another reason I feel so at home in this city.

Academia Maps: Washington DC 1892 Wall Mural $200

Academia Maps: Washington DC 1892 Wall Mural $200

This wall mural is a nod to my husband’s love of military history, and our combined love of the history of this city.  I’m not sure how I would maintain a modern space with this print thoough.

Muralsyourway.com: Washington DC Map Mural $718

Muralsyourway.com: Washington DC Map Mural $718

The price of this mural puts it out of my price range, but it is a fun, modern way to show our love for our city.  It, however, does not add much color to the space.  I would have to find other ways to brighten it up.

Muralsyourway.com: Washington DC Skyline in Watercolor $660

Muralsyourway.com: Washington DC Skyline in Watercolor $660

Yes.  It’s another DC mural, but this one is in watercolor!  I love watercolor, and I even paint my own watercolor art.  I guess I could save the money and attempt my own watercolor mural here, but I’m certain it wouldn’t look like this.

Hygge and West: Pineapple (Mint) $190

Hygge and West: Pineapple (Mint) $190

I first saw this wallpaper when Manhattan Nest’s Daniel redid Ana Gasteyer’s bathroom with the black version of the wallpaper.  Then, I saw KFD Design had used it as inspiration to draw her own print in her bathroom.  I suppose my lesson should be that pineapples belong in the bathroom, but I love the mint and pink combination.  Also, pineapples are a colonial symbol of hospitality.  Wouldn’t they be a perfect way to welcome people into the heart of our home?!

Hygge and West: Carved Ogee $140

Hygge and West: Carved Ogee $140

This design feels like a modernized nod to the popular Moroccan prints of the past.  I used to love geometric Moroccan prints until they popped up everywhere.  I love this take on it though, and I feel like it could go in various directions.

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Hygge and West: Daydream (green) $165

I’ve always adored this print, but after seeing it hung on the ceiling in Little Green Notebook’s playroom… I’m enamored.  Maybe I actually need it on my ceiling too? It’s so whimsical and fun!

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Really and truly, I’m all over the place with my choices here!  I can’t even narrow it down to my top three.  I know I need to decide soon though, since the pink and green splats of paint on the wall are getting old…. Which ones do you like (or dislike)?

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